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Wasting our Waterways
This Dow Chemical facility in Freeport, TX released toxic substances to a local waterway in 2020.

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Wasting our Waterways

Polluters poured nearly 200 million pounds of toxic substances into U.S. waterways in 2020. We must strengthen Clean Water Act protections and reduce toxics use.

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Methane Gas Leaks

Fossil fuel pollution

Methane Gas Leaks

Methane gas (often known as natural gas) has heated the homes of many Americans for over a century — and for over a century, it has been prone to leaks, putting communities and the environment in danger.

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Rulemaking Petition to Revise the Designated Uses and Dissolved Oxygen Criteria for Three Zones of the Delaware Estuary

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Rulemaking Petition to Revise the Designated Uses and Dissolved Oxygen Criteria for Three Zones of the Delaware Estuary

Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act and Clean Water Act,  the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, PennFuture, Clean Air Council, Environment New Jersey, and PennEnvironment petition the U.S. EPA to engage in rulemaking to revise the water quality standards for Zones 3, 4, and River Miles 78.8 to 70.0 of Zone 5 of the Delaware River Estuary. Petitioners request EPA to issue a rule that revises the designated uses for the subject zones to include: 1) maintenance and propagation of resident fish and other aquatic life; and 2) spawning and nursery habitat for anadromous fish (collectively “propagation”). To protect the “propagation” use, the EPA must also upgrade the dissolved oxygen (“D.O.”) criteria for the subject zones to at least 6.3 mg/L.

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PETITION TO THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO PROMULGATE RULES IMPLEMENTING EO 274 AND EO 23 AND FOR OTHER RELIEF

PETITION TO THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO PROMULGATE RULES IMPLEMENTING EO 274 AND EO 23 AND FOR OTHER RELIEF

NJDOT is not in compliance with Executive Order 274 (“EO 274”)[i] which directs all State agencies to develop strategies to accomplish New Jersey’s policy of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (“GHGs”) by 50% below 2006 levels by 2030, the 50 x 30 Goal.  Reducing GHGs in the transportation sector is crucial to accomplishing the 50 x 30 Goal. Vehicles account for 40.6% of the State’s net GHG emissions, making it the highest GHG source in the State.[ii]

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Electric School Buses and the Grid

Electric vehicles

Electric School Buses and the Grid

Transitioning to electric school buses would provide numerous benefits to communities and the environment, including improving children’s health and reducing air and noise pollution, as well as reducing the disproportionate burden that this pollution places on underserved communities.[iii] Electric school buses have the potential to bring even greater benefits if they are equipped with technology that allows them to deliver power to buildings and back to the grid. Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology enables electric school buses to provide stability, capacity and emergency power to the grid when needed, and potentially to earn revenue for school districts for providing these and other services. Policy-makers, utilities, school districts and transport operators should work to unlock these benefits through creative public policies and partnerships.

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Get the Lead Out: Contaminated Drinking Water in Atlantic County Schools

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Get the Lead Out: Contaminated Drinking Water in Atlantic County Schools

Our children need safe drinking water — especially at school. Unfortunately, lead has been contaminating drinking water at schools in New Jersey and across the country.  Our research found this contamination has been particularly pervasive in Atlantic County, with lead detected in 92% of schools in the county that provided testing data. Forty-five percent of the faucets and fountains tested in Pleasantville and Galloway Township schools had lead in their water. Fortunately, Atlantic County schools can prevent lead contamination and promote healthy hydration for our kids.

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Letter to Congress: Act on Climate

Letter to Congress: Act on Climate

More than 250 local and state government officials, health professionals, small business owners, academics and environmental groups from 34 states plus the District of Columbia sent a letter to Congress on Thursday, February 17, 2022 urging them to quickly pass legislation to address climate change. 

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